Is chess just the SOS as we push pieces around the board?
There must be a finite number of moves in any given chess game given any circumstance. The question becomes one of insight, inspiration. A classic example would be Morphy's Opera Game were Morphy played against the Duke of Brunswick and Count Isouard. This is a great game of chess for illustrating the basics of the opening, development of pieces, and concepts in sacrifices in achieving mate. Morphy's Opera Game is simply beautiful.